More Details Emerge in Danbury Police-Involved Shooting
While the investigation is still ongoing, the Danbury Police Department has shed a bit more light on what exactly happened during an incident on Saturday night (December 29) that left one dead and one seriously injured.
According to an updated press release from the Danbury PD, officers arrived at the Housing Authority-managed Glen Apartment complex on Memorial Drive at round 9:15 PM after a call that a possibly intoxicated, unwanted person was on the premises, causing a disturbance.
Police say the person, who was not supposed to be on the property, brandished a large knife, charged at an officer and at that point, an officer attempted to use his taser, but that did not stop him. Then, a second officer fired his duty pistol, shooting the knife-wielding man at least once. During the confrontation, a female tenant, who is also a relative of the man with the knife, also suffered a gunshot wound, as she was in close range of the shooting. Both people struck with bullets were rushed to Danbury Hospital, where the man was pronounced dead and the woman remains in stable but critical condition.
The Major Crime unit of the Connecticut State Police was assigned to the investigation of the shootings, and according to the Danbury PD, the initial information indicates that the officer in question was in life-threatening danger and acted in self-defense. No other officers were injured during the incident. Next, an additional assessment and internal review of the shooting will be conducted.
The Danbury Police Department says that "this is a tragic incident and our thoughts go out to all those affected."
Any questions about the investigation should be referred to the Connecticut State Police.